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"Staring Blindly into the Future"
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Season 13
Episode 1311
Air date January 2020
Written by Paul Aitken, Dan Trotta,
Mary Pedersen, Noelle Girard
Directed by Harvey Crossland
Guest Stars Eva Placzynska as Marie Curie
Eric Charters as Albert Einstein
Andrew Hodwitz as Ernest Rutherford
Recurring Dmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola Tesla
John Tench as Alexander Graham Bell
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"Staring Blindly into the Future" is the eleventh episode of the thirteenth season and the one hundred ninety-seventh of the Murdoch Mysteries series. It is the 200th episode when the three stand-alone Christmas Specials are included in the count. It airs January 13, 2020.


Murdoch investigates the disappearances of Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie from the James Pendrick Symposium – a conference of 20th century innovators.

Character Revelations

  • Svetlana Tsiolkovsky has serviced her time in jail (ep.905) and returns to Toronto to manage the James Pendrick Symposium on his behalf and to make him proud.


Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1907 – Edward VII (Albert Edward;1841-1910) is King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas.
  • Marie Curie (in 1903, 1911), Ernest Rutherford (in 1908), and Albert Einstein (in 1921) are recipients of the Nobel Prize. On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace – the Nobel Prizes.
  • The grandfather paradox is a potential logical problem that would arise if a person were to travel to a past time. The name comes from the idea that if a person travels to a time before their grandfather had children, and kills him, it would make their own birth impossible.
  • In 1906, soon after Albert Einstein announced his special theory of relativity, his former college teacher in mathematics, Hermann Minkowski, developed a new scheme for thinking about space and time that emphasized its geometric qualities; Space-Time is a mathematical model that joins space and time into a single idea called a Continuum – Space-time does not evolve, it simply exists.


  • It was announced to celebrate the 200th episode of #MurdochMysteries  a special Facebook Live Q&A event featuring the cast and crew on Monday January 13 at 6pmET would be live streamed prior to the first airing, but due to technical difficulities it was lstreamed after the episode aired.
  • Eight Historical characters make their cameo appearances along with three new ones, making it the most historical characters appearances in a single episode.
  • Harry Houdini was original portrayed by Joe Dinicol.
  • Murdoch Mysteries has garnered 25 Gemini Award nominations, 19 Canadian Screen Award nominations and 12 Directors Guild of Canada nominations. Because of its impact domestically and Internationally, attracting millions of viewers in more than 100 countries, Murdoch Mysteries was named one of the 50 most influential television shows by the Swiss research company The Wit.[*]



Main Cast

Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig as Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree

Recurring Cast

Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Peter Stebbings as James Pendrick
Kate Greenhouse as Sally Pendrick
Dmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola Tesla
John Tench as Alexander Graham Bell
Christine Horne as Svetlana Tsiolkovsky
David Storch as Thomas Edison
John Tench as Alexander Graham Bell
Lisa Norton as Emma Goldman
Todd Hofley as Henry Ford
Paul Beer as Bellhop
Philip Craig as Andrew Carnegie
Peter Mikhail as H.G. Wells

Guest Cast

Eric Charters as Albert Einstein
Eva Placzynska as Marie Curie
Andrew Hodwitz as Ernest Rutherford
Grisha Pasternak as Harry Houdini

Non-credited Cast


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